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Jul 11, 2010 11:50 PM

Help! Stinking beans!?

So I bought some dry white and black beans. I took the white beans and put them in water to soak for 24 hours. But when I opened the container to cook them, they smelled kind of funky. Is this normal? They don't smell rotten per se, just stinky or pungent. I tasted one and aside from it not being cooked yet, it tasted fine. Is this normal? Can I expect this with the black beans too?

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  1. The smell is from released gasses from the beans trapped in the container when you covered it. It's completely normal.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Cherylptw

      Phew! :) Thanks Cheryl! I'm glad to know that this is normal, if still stinky.

      1. re: AmandaCA

        Some beans smell worse than others; just remember to rinse when this happens first before cooking. It should not affect the flavor of the finished dish.

    2. next time, only soak overnight, and do not cover. in 24 hours -- the beans were beginning a ferment. trapped gas from a closed container didn't help.

      1. I have found that some brands of black beans have a musty smell. Unfortunately I have had that funk come through in the final dish. I have encountered smelly black beans more often in the store brands of several grocery stores. Often the smelly beans have a slightly dusty appearance. I now look for beans that look dark and shiny and do sniff the bags as that funk can often be smelled through the plastic bag.